Each season, Ballet BC offers workshops to our local dance community – focusing on training and development opportunities for the professional dance artist. Hosted by international artists from across Canada and the world, these choreographic workshops explore diverse perspectives and approaches to the creative process, such as learning repertoire and training for contemporary dance.
2017/18 Choreographic Workshops
Learn repertoire and explore the creative process at Ballet BC with company dancer Kirsten Wicklund, who will be teaching excerpts from her own choreographic compositions.
Vancouver-born Kirsten Wicklund studied at Goh Ballet Academy. She has received multiple scholarships, a Vancouver Foundation Arts Study Award, Vancouver Ballet Society’s Memorial Scholarship, and the Mary Day Artistry award at YAGP. She has danced with The Washington Ballet, Alonzo King’s choreographic workshop, Rock the Ballet, and created for Dances for a Small Stage. This is Kirsten’s 4th season with Ballet BC.
Open for registration!
Saturday, April 14
9:45 – 11:45 am
The Scotiabank Dance Centre
Birmingham Studio, 3rd Floor
677 Davie Street
Professional Dancers 16 yrs +
Space is limited. To secure a spot or for more information please email
artisticadmin2 (at) balletbc.com with subject header:
“RSVP choreographic workshop [Kirsten Wicklund]”
This marks the beginning of a long-term commitment to the development of a closer relationship between a choreographer, Ballet BC and the audience. The Company will be working with the incredibly talented and accomplished Cayetano Soto as the new three year Resident Choreographer commencing in time for Ballet BC’s 30th Anniversary 2015/16 Season.
Company Guest Teachers and Workshops
Throughout the year the artists of Ballet BC benefit from working with a variety of Canadian and international guest teachers. Ballet BC continues to support proper preparation and artistic development for the Company artists.
This 40-week, remunerated, pre-professional program supports the training needs of exceptional young dancers each season. Working closely with Ballet BC artists, apprentices learn structure and training within a company environment, perform with a professional company and experience the professional creative process.
Professional Development Program
Ballet BC continues to explore the ways to engage the dancers’ professional development in such areas as teaching, choreographing and administration.
Artist in Residence
Ballet BC’s Artist in Residence (AIR) aims to help nurture a former Company member in her transition towards an independent dance career. In this role Ballet BC helps support a dancer with professional development opportunities in the fields of choreography, artistic leadership, rehearsal directing and teaching. As well, the AIR interacts with the artists and staff of Ballet BC through the sharing of their creative processes and by involving the Company in showings, artist talks and information about their upcoming shows. The presence and expertise of the AIR is valued at the Company as we create a collaborative environment for dialogue, exchange and feedback of creative ideas to better understand the future of dance and the role of the artist in society today.
Professional Choreographic Series/ Choreographic Lab Project
Curated by Emily Molnar, this program provides Ballet BC emerging choreographers a creative environment that gives them the opportunity to work in a theatre residency, or site specific environment, and see their work from creation to production.
Professional Open Class Policy
Throughout the year the Company extends an open class policy to the professional ballet community that allows a maximum of three guests to take morning class with the dancers of the Company.
Strategic Collaboration with Dance Victoria
The aim of this collaboration is to build a strong relationship between the audiences and communities of BC’s Capital City, and Province’s ballet company.